Mechanical maintenance is a must to keep the RV on the road. While your owner's manual lists things to check and when, it's smart to keep your maintenance schedule. Here are some tips to help you meet your RV's maintenance needs:
1. Check fluid levels
Refer to your owner's manual for recommended levels From engine oil, power steering, transmission, brakes and windshield wiper fluids.
2. Clean or replace the air filters
Clean or replace the air filter in your engine and vehicle regularly. Keep the engine running smoothly and keep the air in the bus clean to prevent allergies and illness.
3. CHECK FOR LEAKS AND REPAIR
Because some leaks can cause a fire, check under your RV or tow and repair Leaks immediately. Also, if any of your RV's systems run out of propane, check to make sure there are no leaks in the gas and vent systems as well.
4. Upper Radiator Coolant
Help protect your engine in varying temperatures by making sure your antifreeze is at the right level and strength.
5. Service the radiator and heater
Check hoses and clamps for wear and tear; Look for cracked or brittle areas. Hoses and clamps must be solid and tight, especially between the engine and the fuel tank.
6. Check and replace the belts
All belts must have adequate tension and be free from cracks or tears. Just as you would with a car, make sure the belts are checked and repaired at the required service intervals.
7. Check the lights on and off the bus
Check that all lights are working properly. This is especially important for taillights and turn signals on fifth wheels as well as RVs. Make sure all lights are on inside your bus as well.
8. Check or replace the wiper blades
If you are driving an RV, check the blades before hitting the road. Replace worn blades so you have a clear view, especially during inclement weather.
Keep a spare set with you too, since large windshields in RVs may require wipers not readily available in stores during a 9- emergency. Inspect and inflate tires, if necessary
Tires must be inflated according to manufacturer's recommendations. Routinely check for uneven wear and tread depth.
10. Make sure all gauge indicators are where they are supposed to be
If you have an RV (not a fifth wheel), Start the engine, let it warm up and check the gauges to make sure they are all in the proper range for the jobs they're measuring. If not, fix everything mentioned before starting your trip.
11. Test your smoke detector
Test your detector to make sure it is working properly. Also keep a carbon monoxide detector in your trainer, especially if you cook or operate any propane appliances.
12. Charge and replace the batteries
Check both coach battery charger levels and chassis to ensure they are fully charged, and keep battery terminals and clamps clean.
13. Update the emissions/inspection label
Make sure to update the vehicle's emissions/inspection label. Some parks may not allow you to stay on their property or even enter without one.
14. Check and close windows
Look for cracks that might allow water to seep into your home. Water damage is an RV's nightmare, resulting in disease-causing mold and structural damage. Replace worn seals ASAP and/or use a sealant to be safe.
15. Check and Patch Umbrellas
Comfort is key. Ensure that the awnings operate efficiently and are free of holes.
16. Inspect Wheel Bearings and Brakes
If you are a proud owner of a fifth wheel, whether a pop-up or travel trailer, have your wheel bearings and brakes inspected annually. The fabric should also be thoroughly checked for dry mold and tear.
In addition to proper maintenance, getting the right RV insurance can help keep you and your vehicle protected on the road. Find out about Nationwide's RV coverage options here..
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